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Guess What?

I survived a whole weekend without falling up the steps, getting stuck in the bathtub, or ending up in the ER being admitted to the hospital. Things are looking up. (I did, however, manage to fall out of bed while trying to get in it, so my streak of freaky accidents continues unabated.)

And I ended up doing a huge amount of laundry, mostly, I’m guessing, because I wasn’t home last weekend to do it. Either that or my clothes are sorting themselves into baskets when I’m not around.

Writing continues. I’m still adding a little over 500 words a week to the prequel to Song and Sword, and a hundred or so words a week to Wild Worker and to the FF Vampire story that still needs a name.

Only having to write 100 words a day takes so much pressure off… Writing is actually starting to be fun again. No pressure. No deadlines…

Eep! Except for a flash fiction piece with a submission deadline at the end of the month that I’ve barely even thought about.

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Wednesday Words #379 (3/30/2022)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

a barn
a bouquet
soup

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

 

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Wednesday Words #378 (3/23/2022)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

an origami star
windchimes
a ship

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

 

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Happy Stuff

Welcome to the weekend!

Demon Dog and the Diva did a few zoomies in the basement last night, and then he actually ran about halfway up the basement stairs. He hasn’t run on the stairs in two weeks, so to say I was thrilled is an understatement.

Tomorrow night I’m going to crate the Diva and let Demon Dog sleep with me. I don’t want them both up there right now because they like to play King of the Mountain (with the bed as the mountain) and I don’t think he’s ready for that yet.

And I’m waiting until tomorrow because my roommate will be away. If I do it tonight he’s likely to jump down off the bed when she gets home and I want him to not overdo it.

So, that’s my happiest news of the week.

In Evil Day Job news, I picked up a bunch of Saturday shifts at a group home next month, which will nicely cover for my Wednesdays off from the bus run. Full pay checks and not sacrificing my mental health. What’s not to love about that?

So, all in all, life is pretty good, even if it is supposed to rain this weekend.

And spring is coming! We could still get some snow here and there, but my crocuses are blooming and that makes me happy. And all of the soft serve places are starting to open for the season.

And writing is still chugging along. My accountability partner (the one who is reading my hundred words a day) is full of theories about what’s happening in Song and Shadow, so that’s kind of fun. Tonight’s hundred words won’t be for that, though; they’ll be a continuation of the still unnamed FF vampire novel so I have a post for Rainbow Snippets tomorrow.

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Wednesday Words #377 (3/16/2022)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

a lucky charm
rain on a clear day
a maze

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

 

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Happy Pi Day!

Well, I made it through the weekend without further mishap. Then slightly pulled my right hamstring getting out of my car this afternoon. *sigh* At least I managed to walk it off before I had to get back on the school bus.

Demon Dog is doing better. My roommate said he was a little cautious on the stairs today, and he is walking up them instead of charging up full steam ahead like he usually does, but at least he’s not hesitating or refusing. I wonder if they make Deramaxx for humans?

Writing is going well. At least, I’m still plugging along at my 100 words a day. I did over 200 on Saturday. Small steps, but at least I’m consistently writing. My current thought is to leave it at 100 words a day for the year, then maybe raise the goal to 150 or 200 next year.

A few years ago I tried doing a thousand words a day. I couldn’t keep it up long term, and I know I can’t do it now – my current job is too mentally draining. Not the job itself, mind you, but one of the people I work with. Being around someone who gets their news from YouTube (and considers it a reliable source of factual information) is exhausting. (He’s also racist and homophobic and I can’t wait until school is out for the summer and I hopefully won’t have to deal with him. He says he’s not driving for summer session. He also says he’s moving to North Carolina after this year, which might make next year a better assignment.)

The time change is killing me. My body thought it was too early to go to bed and go to sleep last night and I’m paying for it today. And Demon Dog thinks it’s bedtime so I’d better get my laundry out of the washer and crash for the night.

How much longer until the weekend?

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Wednesday Words #376 (3/9/2022)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

water
a package delivery
noisy neighbors

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

 

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Too Much Time?

The stomach virus is still hanging on. My legs hurt from so many trips down and up the stairs. (Our bathroom is in the basement. Don’t look at me – I didn’t design the place. It was built in 1920 (long before my time) so we’re pretty much just glad it has indoor plumbing.)

On a brighter note, I am at least feeling hungry now, even though I’m not entirely sure that food is my friend.

And I’ve been keeping up with my 100 words per day. I need to step back and reread what I’ve got going on in Song and Shadow, though; I kind of feel like I’m losing the thread of the current scene/situation.

Of course, that can happen to me in longer writing stretches, too, so I can’t blame it just on the hundred-word spurts.

I need to finish something. Anything. I have so many Works in Progress that I feel like I’m not making any progress. With so many things so close to being done I’m beginning to wonder if maybe I should put Song and Shadow aside and focus on one of them.

And the Academy of the Accord series is calling again…

See what happens when I have too much time off? I start thinking about tackling the world. Or at least my writing backlog.

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Wednesday Words #375 (3/2/2022)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

yarn
a bunny
a bottle of rum

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

 

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Good Things Are Coming

It’s about time the weekend got here! I’m peopled out.

And mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted. I really need to make a chiropractor appointment but I’m not planning on leaving the house until Monday.

I’m still maintaining my 100 words a day, and usually quite a few more. I’ve been thinking of upping the goal to 150 words but I’m afraid that it would be taking on more than I have the energy for at the moment. I’m mostly working on the prequel to Song and Sword, but once in a while adding to the F/F vampire story or Wild Worker, (mostly just when I need more snippets for the weekend blog hops).

But in the good(ish) news department, I should soon (in a couple weeks, hopefully) cut down to only working four days a week. Yes, it’ll be a bit rough money-wise, but I’ve lived on less. Plus, that will be 50 less miles of commuting each week (so less gas and less wear and tear on my car), one less meal eaten out, less peopling, more time for my right knee and hip to recover from driving. (I’ll be getting Wednesdays off, so it’ll be two days on, one off, two on, two off.) And I’m going to be getting rid of my landline soon – possibly after this weekend if my experiment works out tomorrow.

I’m hoping to use the Wednesdays for editing and concordance-building, and maybe extra writing. Who know? I might even clean up the avalanche-in-waiting.

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